Word of the day

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Reading of the day

A reading from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles
Acts 18:23-28

After staying in Antioch some time,
Paul left and traveled in orderly sequence
through the Galatian country and Phrygia,
bringing strength to all the disciples.

A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria,
an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus.
He was an authority on the Scriptures.
He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and,
with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus,
although he knew only the baptism of John.
He began to speak boldly in the synagogue;
but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him,
they took him aside
and explained to him the Way of God more accurately.
And when he wanted to cross to Achaia,
the brothers encouraged him
and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him.
After his arrival he gave great assistance
to those who had come to believe through grace.
He vigorously refuted the Jews in public,
establishing from the Scriptures that the Christ is Jesus.

Gospel of the day

From the Gospel according to John
Jn 16:23b-28

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

“I have told you this in figures of speech.
The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures
but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
On that day you will ask in my name,
and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me
and have come to believe that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world.
Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

Words of the Holy Father

He prays for us before the Father. I have always liked this. Jesus, in His resurrection, had a beautiful body: the wounds from the scourging, from the thorns, are gone, all of them. The bruises from the blows are gone, too. But He desired to always have the wound marks on His hands, feet, and side. Those wounds are precisely His intercessory prayer to the Father: 'But... look... this He asks You in My name, look!' This is the newness that Jesus shares with us. He tells us this new thing: Trust in His passion; trust in His victory over death; trust in His wounds. He is the priest, and this is the sacrifice: His wounds. And that gives us confidence, correct? It gives us the courage to pray." (Santa Marta, 11 May 2013)